Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: Bias Incidents 05-06

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What do we mean by "bias incident"? Expressions of disrespectful bias, hate, harassment or hostility against an individual or group because of the individual or group's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status and/or sexual orientation can be forms of discrimination. Expressions vary, and can be in the form of language, words, signs, symbols, threats, or actions that could potentially cause alarm, anger, fear, or resentment in others, or that endanger the health, safety, and welfare of a member(s) of the University community, even when presented as a joke...
The conduct underlying some bias incidents might be protected speech, but still violate the University of Minnesota's commitment to civility and diversity.

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